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Beyond 'Participation': Indigenous Peoples, Biological Diversity Conservation and Protected Area Management

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Colchester, Marcus
Journal: Unasylva
Volume: 47
Page(s): 33-39
Date: 1996
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8436
Sector: General & Multiple Resources
Social Organization
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Subject(s): protected areas
natural resources
conservation
local participatory management
diversity
Abstract: "Attempts to involve local communities in protected area management usually fail when initiated and directed by outsiders. This article focuses on some of The fundamental issues related to indigenous peoples and natural resource conservation. Western concepts of humankind's place in nature underlie the premises of wilderness conservation and present obstacles to indigenous residents. Imposed conservationist visions have led to forced relocation, impoverishment, human rights abuse and a breakdown of traditional systems of resource management. Conservation organizations are adopting new policies for working with indigenous peoples but, at the same time, top-down conservation and global environmental management by large development agencies threaten to reverse this progress. Conservationists need to develop new means of accountability to ensure that indigenous peoples' needs and rights are respected."

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